William L. Garvin: Political Correctness and National Suicide

“The goal of political correctness is rigid conformity in thought and deed. It is as if the reins of culture have been turned over to zealots who are now bullying society down the chute toward ideological purity. They are the new moralizers, and while they don’t wear clerical garb, they behave like a secular Taliban in how they condemn, mock, ridicule and shame all who challenge their orthodoxy.” – Dan Weber

Faces of Terrorism

There is an interesting confluence of forces in our culture. On one hand, we are seeing a hypersensitive percentage of our American citizenry that feels entitled to live a life free of challenges to their individual worldview or belief systems. At the same time, an increasingly permissive legal system encourages and conspires in promoting an increasingly litigious society. This combustible combination results in quasi-extortion by well funded activists and effectively resembles a planned economic assault on the rights and privileges of the majority. In effect, we have a tyranny of the minority and sometimes, an exceedingly small minority.

Charlton Heston once said that “political correctness is tyranny with manners.” We are rapidly approaching the point where the tyranny of political correctness is equivalent to national suicide. Here are some examples. Several students at a high school were sent home on Cinco de Mayo for wearing t-shirts that had an American flag design. However, students wearing Mexican flag designs were not sent home. A student at a California college was told to take off her cross that she was wearing on a necklace because some other students might find it offensive. How about the painting of Jesus that hung in the Ohio school district since 1947. The district removed the painting after lawsuits by the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation became too costly. They also insured the Ten Commandments displays in Kentucky schools were removed because they had received a letter from “a person” who was offended. How about the “Blessed are the Peacemakers” painting at Mountain Home Air Force Base that the commander ordered removed from the mess hall because one person complained. Simultaneously, the “Military Religious Freedom Foundation” (both oxymoron and ultra-moronic) filed suit. How about the superintendent who ordered a six-year old girl to remove “God” from a poem she wrote and was supposed to read on Veterans Day. She had intended to honor her two grandfathers who had served in Viet Nam. How about the New York school teacher who was forced to remove the quote from President Ronald Reagan from her classroom? It said: “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”

Of course, that hyper-sensitive and easily offended few were immediately incensed when a base chaplain wrote an online article for “Chaplains Corner.” The article was entitled “No Atheists in Foxholes: Chaplains Gave All in World War II” and traced the history of the famous quote popularized by General Dwight Eisenhower and Ernie Pyle. Heaven forbid that a chaplain should write about spiritual guidance and matters of faith! The hyperbaric Mikey Weinstein and good old Military Religious Freedom Foundation think this should be forbidden fruit and forbidden activity. Furthermore, these anti-religion zealots are demanding that the chaplain be formally punished. This is just the latest of many assaults on religious freedom in the military. Freedom of religion has morphed into freedom from religion!

This politically correct insanity fits right into an administration that renames the war on terrorism as an “overseas contingency operation” or a “man-caused disaster.” The Fort Hood massacre by an Islamic fanatic is downsized and trivialized as “workplace violence.” The proposed profiling law in New York would prohibit police from broadcasting race when they issue “be on the lookout” (BOLO) alerts.

Finally, there’s Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA), the current administration’s version of Baghdad Bob. He was offended by the FBI posting pictures of “Most Wanted Terrorists” on the side of busses in Seattle. He feared that it was “racial and religious profiling” and lamented that it only showed Muslims and not the other races, religions and causes on the FBI list. He fired off a self righteous letter to the FBI. Not surprisingly, that was enough to get the ads pulled. However, according to the FBI’s own statistics, of their 32 “Most Wanted Terrorists,” only two are not Muslims! If Muslims don’t want to be disproportionately represented on most wanted lists, maybe they should stop committing acts of terror in the name of Islam. Until then, the tyrannical PC police will systematically march our compliant culture to the national gallows.